A podcast with Kase Johnstun: Author & Banyan Collective Podcaster.

Teresita Dovalpage, writing about food and murder and what it’s like to wrap them together in Cuba, made us laugh. Teresita opened up on the LITerally Podcast about being a writer, a native Cuban, and what it’s like write a crime novel, which, to me, felt like a literary crime novel because of the beautiful…

Book review in The Taos News

By Patricia West-Barker For The Taos News   When American journalist Matt Sullivan arrives in Havana in the spring of 2003, he’s carrying a second-hand wedding dress, a suitcase filled with pots, pans, cutlery and appliances, and the expectation that his Cuban girlfriend, Yarmi, whom he hasn’t seen in a year, will be there to…

A starred review in Publishers Weekly

At the start of this dazzling culinary mystery from Dovalpage (The Astral Plane), laid-back, spiritually shambolic 36-year-old San Diego, Calif., reporter Matt Sullivan arrives in Cuba just before the 2003 Black Spring crackdown on dissidents, not to investigate human rights violations but to marry (he hopes) 24-year-old food blogger Yarmila Portal, whom he mostly knows…

The Usual Santas: A Collection of Soho Crime Christmas Capers

So proud to be part of this collection, in the company of so many authors I admire! The Usual Santas Finally: the perfect stocking stuffer for the crime fiction lover in your life! With a foreword by CWA Diamond Award-winner Peter Lovesey, these eighteen delightful holiday stories by your favorite Soho Crime authors contain laughs,…

New book by Nicole Weaver/ Nuevo libro de Nicole Weaver

I just received a wonderful surprise, the trailer of a book that is the perfect gift for anyone with kids—My Sister Is My Best Friend, by Nicole Weaver. A wonderful way to help children learn three languages (English, french and Spanish) at the same time! Nicole was born in Haiti and came to the United…

¡Somos taoseños!/ We are taoseños!

A book written by Dual Language students Teaching children, who are generally full of life and curiosity, avid to learn, like little energetic sponges, is even more rewarding. The work done by the Enos Garcia School students that I have taught for the past three years (third, fourth and fifth graders) is an example of…

From wielding a chef’s knife to swinging a machete

Bonnie Lee Black’s long and productive careers can be traced back, from respected writer, to New York caterer, to Peace Corps volunteer, to creative writing instructor at UNM-Taos…to acclaimed writer, again. Her first memoir, Somewhere Child (Viking Press, 1981), documented the loss of her daughter and Black’s search for her in Zimbabwe and the United…